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Rumania and Poland. It seemed, however-, that this unsigned covenant
was immediately forgotten by Moscow since she at once proceeded to
turn every profferred inch of European territory into a captuied mile, and
continued with her preparations for the subordination of the rest of Europe.
And, synchronising with this c liberation ' of the countries by the Red
Army, came the latest Soviet instrument of domination. The ' free
Committees ' of different nationalities—in Moscow's opinion corres-
ponding to London's Governrnents-in-exile, gradually emerged with the
help of the Soviets, from their chrysalis form into puppet Governments
claiming to have the full support of their respective countries. The
c Lublin Committee' was the first to appear. The Comintern was
paying dividends to its founder.
After the successful invasion of Europe in the summer of 19443 the
Anglo-American crusaders had dented the Siegfried Line., but Germany
as yet was still unbeaten. The Germans with their back to the wall were
fighting desperately. War with Japan was still in its early stages. Here
and there Britain v/as beginning to clash with Russia—the revolt of the
Greek sailors in Africa, which had been incited by the Soviets and sup-
pressed by British guns, and the barely concealed rivalry over Persia for
instance; but, nevertheless., the British Government was still firmly
adhering to its attitude of the c Soviets can do no wrong.5 It was a simple
matter for Britain, but Poland could not afford to maintain such prin-
ciples when the Soviets were even then engaged in collecting the bulk of
her population from the areas they had occupied and transferring it to
Russia.
Britain could  afford to  show unlimited patience towards  Russian
activities, for, as yet, she had not been forced to pay for them with her
flesh and blood, but only with the toil of her workers and the blood and
territories of the other nations.    Britain had no doubts whatsoever that
when the final settlement came, she would be strong enough to enforce
satisfactory peace conditions.    But Poland could no longer keep pace with
Britain, the methods of extermination employed by the Kremlin had been
too thorough for that.   There was no need for surmises, it was all too
evident that, before the time for settlement of the affairs in Europe had
been reached, before the Polish problem had been solved, perhaps in such
a way as to allow the Poles at least to c breathe and live,3 the Polish nation
would no longer exist.    For on the Niernen, Vistula, San and Warta, the
Soviets would only have left  the residue of a nation drained of all
intellectuals and potential leaders, while Poland would be flooded with
millions of imported Great Russians, to whom their Soviet Government
intended granting Polish citizenship.   It was to be this newly created
Poland which would speak at the conference-table of the peace makers,
just as the Soviet Ukraine of the present day, headed by Great Russians,
was speaking.   The problem of Poland will no longer be an international
one . . . The Poland who entered the war in 1939 who although sadly
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